Modern life can be hard on our health and wellbeing, and therefore it's good to undergo a detox on a regular basis. While some people opt for fasting, others choose less stressful but equally powerful ways to cleanse their bodies. Do you ever do a detox, and if so what do you do? In your opinion, what's the best way to detox?
The best way to detox is simply my eating a healthy diet. Scientists have done studies that show the very limited (if any) benefits of actually going on a proper detox diet, and all these products that say 'detox' on them don't actually do anything other than slightly speed up the process of removing toxins by a few hours that your body would do on its own naturally.
To detox doesn't necessarily mean to fast, although some do. Although a healthy and balanced diet is essential, unless we're only eating pure organic foods we're also ingesting the herbicides, pesticides and growth hormones that all conventionally-grown crops are sprayed with, as well as the antibiotics and other medications administered to livestock, if we eat meat. Needless to say, over time this is extremely unhealthy, and as we age it can cause innumerable serious health issues. As the old saying goes: 'You are what you eat'. If we're eating sugary junk food and so-called 'healthy food' full of salt and artificial additives, sooner or later it's going to have an effect - not just on our waistline, but also on our health and wellbeing as a whole.
Detoxing doesn't mean radical fasting. It can be as simple as regularly drinking fresh organic juices or herb teas. Many fruits such as grapefruit, pomegranate and pineapples are powerful detoxifiers, and therefore their juices are very beneficial. Similarly, for centuries many herbs have been used medicinally to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
I have seriou concerns about detoxing and especially with some of the methods that are around. Too many times I have seen friends exhaust themselves and become weak and dizzy while pursuing the latest detox. The best thing is to not put the poor foods in your mouth int he first place. There are plenty of good, medically sound, texts around that outline which foods are healthy and nutricious and which are not. Just stick to a heathy and nutriocoius diet most of the time (there's nothing wrong with the occaisional treat).